Archive for July, 2011

Carti, cursuri si alte resurse gratuiteFree books, courses and other resources

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Educatia de calitate intr-adevar este astazi gratuita pentru cei ce doresc sa o obtina si au uneltele necesare pentru a o obtine. Cu un calculator si o conexiune la internet, orice profesor sau elev are acces neingradit la carti, documentare, articole de specialitate, cursuri audio-video si comunitati dedicate schimbului de idei, pentru a-si imbogati cunostintele si a-si satisface curiozitatea.

Departe de a fi o lista exhaustiva, impartasim cu voi cateva dintre descoperirile noastre, resurse educative gratuite pentru elevi si profesori.

In Romania:

  • Didactic.ro este probabil site-ul cel mai bogat in resurse pentru profesori.
  • British Council ofera o platforma si resurse pentru invatarea limbii engleze.
  • Fundatia Potaissa ofera cateva manuale, ghiduri si alte publicatii educative non-formale cu privire la protejarea mediului.
  • Revista Stiinta si Tehnica ofera de toate din domeniul stiintelor.

De prin lume si in limba engleza:

  • Questia este o biblioteca online gratuita cu peste 77 000 de titluri de carti si 4 milioane de articole care asteapta sa fie rasfoite.
  • Open University, dupa cum arata si numele, este o universitate online gratuita din Marea Britanie, deschisa studentilor de pretutindeni, cu o gama foarte variata de cursuri si resurse.
  • Cele mai bune universitati din lume ofera acces gratuit la cunostintele profesorilor lor prin cursuri audio/video in domenii foarte variate! Astfel de cursuri, dezbateri, discutii, prezentari sunt oferite direct de Harvard, Yale, MIT sau Berkeley.
  • Open Culture centralizeaza cursurile gratuite despre care povestim mai sus, oferind intr-un singur loc 385 de cursuri online gratuite de la universitati de top.
  • Tot Open Culture centralieaza si sute de cursuri de invatare a unei limbi straine.
  • SciCentral este o alta sursa de informare si de resurse in domeniul stiintelor.

Dupa cum spuneam, lista nu-i gata. Sugestiile pentru completarea ei sunt mai mult decat binevenite! :) Quality education is indeed free and possible today for anyone wishing & willing and who has the necessary tools to obtain it.  With one computer and one internet connexion, any teacher or student has free access to books, documentaries, journal articles, audio-video courses and to online communities to exchage ideas. All that is required to expand knowledge or satisfy curiosity.

Far from being complete, we want to share a list of our discoveries, free educational resources for teachers and students.

In Romania:

  • Didactic.ro is probably the largest and most dedicated website with resources for teachers.
  • British Council offers a platform and resources for anyone wishing to study English.
  • Fundatia Potaissa offers some manuals, guides and other non-formal publications concerning the environment and its preservation.
  • Stiinta si Tehnica magazine offers everything needed in the science field  :)

From around the world and in English:

  • Questia is a free online library with over 77 000 book titles and 4 million articles just waiting to be read.
  • Open University, as the name reveals, is a free online university from the UK, open to students everywhere, with a diverse range of courses and resources.
  • The world’s best universities now offer free acces to their professors’ knowledge, through audio/video lectures on a wide range of topics! Such courses, debates, discussions, presentations are offered directly by Harvard, Yale, MIT or Berkeley.
  • Open Culture centralizes the free online courses mentioned above, listing about 385 free online courses from top universities, all in one place.
  • Open Culture also centralizes hundreds of courses for the study of a foreign language.
  • SciCentral is another source of information and resources in the science field.

As already said, the list is not finished. Suggestions for adding to it are more than welcome! :)

O scoala pentru toti?Education for all?

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Acum cateva luni, Unicef Romania a lansat raportul de cercetare “O scoala pentru toti? – accesul copiilor romi la o educatie de calitate“.  Studiul este bazat pe date calitative si cantitative din 100 de unitati de invatamant din Romania cu ponderi diverse de elevi de etnie roma si vine in completarea unor lipsuri in ceea ce priveste datele concrete si cifrele in acest domeniu.

Cateva din rezultatele cheie ale studiului releva ca:

  • pe masura ce creste ponderea de copii romi intr-o scoala, descreste calitatea dotarilor materiale de care scoala dispune, precum laboratoare sau teren de sport
  • pe masura ce creste ponderea de copii romi intr-o scoala, descreste probabilitatea ca scoala sa dispuna de propria biblioteca sau de calculatoare
  • scolile cu ponderi importante de elevi romi dispun in mai mica masura de cadre didactice calificate si consilieri scolari incadrati
  • numarul de ore de formare continua a cadrelor didactice este de asemenea mult mai mic: in media 7 ore, fata 50 necesare
  • rata abandonului scolar la romi se ridica la 9%, factorii determinanti fiind in primul rand saracia (44%) si obtinerea in mod repetat a unor rezultate nesatisfacatoare materializate in corijente sau repetentii multiple (16%)
  • stereotipul potrivit caruia parintii romi nu isi trimit copiii sa scoala este invalidat: doar 9% dintre parintii romi s-au aratat neinteresati de educatia copiilor lor, in timp ce 90% dintre parinti au manifestat atitudini pozitive fata de educatie, mentin contactul cu cadrele didactice si isi incurajeaza copiii sa obtina rezultate bune.

Documentul reprezinta o resursa utila de informare si va recomandam sa il parcurgeti.

Il puteti descarca aici.Few months ago, Unicef Romania released the research report “A school for all? – the access of Roma children to quality education“. The study is based on qualitative and quantitative data from 100 education institutions in Romania, with various percentages of Roma students. The study aims to cover a gap of data and specific numbers in this field.

Some of the key findings of the study reveal that:

  • as the percentage of Roma students in a school increases, the quality of material resources of the school decreases, material resources such as labs or a sports field
  • as the percentage of Roma students in a school increases, the probability that the school owns computers or a library decreases
  • the schools with a high percentage of Roma students have less qualified teachers, educators or certified educational counselors
  • the number of hours of continuous professional development of teachers and educators is also smaller: on average it is 7 hours, compared to 50 required
  • the rate of school abandonment is 9% among Roma students, the most significant factors being first of all poverty (44%) and repeated poor results leading to failing classes (16%)
  • the stereotype according to which Roma parents do not send their children to school was invalidated: only 9% of Roma parents did not show an interest in their children’s education, while 90% of parents showed positive attitudes towards education, maintain contact with teachers and encourage their children to obtain good results.

The document represents a useful information resource and we encourage you to read it.

It can be downloaded here.